Have you ever wondered about perfect symbiosis of historical heritage and a vibe of modern pulse? You’ll find it here, in the heart of Old Riga at the restaurant “Melnie Mūki” (“Black Monks”)! It offers classy and relaxing atmosphere and perfect service. You matter. The name “Melnie Mūki” was given to the restaurant due to an old monastery, whose rooms have been serving as a place for social gathering in past and now continue to thrive as a restaurant already since 1999.

Although the interior is renewed with a few accents, the ancient brick walls of Old Riga remain unchanged. Here you will find comfort, feeling of home and care, and service that you deserve because we keep up the good customer assistance that is built over many years.

And sometimes the friendly person you have a casual chat with may be the owner of the place.

It is not unusual for restaurants enthusiastic about everything new to forget the past, however, the conventional things we have grown accustomed to often prove to be very comforting. This is the essence of “Melnie Mūki”. It’s charm hides in well-known dishes prepared in outstanding quality for your enjoyment. The restaurant offers everything your heart desires: a wide range of European and local dishes, decently sized, and carefully selected drinks.

The chef Valters Lācis is an expression of creativity, innovation, and knowledge in one person – a treasure “Melnie Mūki” take a real pride in. The menu is divers in classic dishes with a twist – classic European and Latvian dishes represented in manner one will experience only at “Black Monks”, for instance, duck breast with ginger-carrot puree, fried mashed potatoes, broad beans and marinated carrots or salmon fillet with alfalfa, arugula, cauliflower and gnocchi in beurre blanc.

It seems like the team of “Melnie Mūki” has found the recipe for success and offers a delicious and hearty meal in abundant portions. It may happen that you should ask the waiter to pack the ordered desert in a doggy bag, and, considering the quality, prices are really reasonable.

Having acknowledged the abovementioned, one may say that the restaurant “Melnie Mūki” is a place that you go when you feel nostalgic for delicious classic food, or when you simply wish to pamper yourself a bit. You know, to get that spark back!

We only work on reservations - we organize banquets and corporate events from 10 people. By making a reservation in advance. We invite you to celebrate all kinds of holidays in the heart of Old Riga. We have suitable spaces on two floors and can accommodate up to 70 people.

Restaurant Melnie Mūki

In is not unusual that restaurants, which are enthusiastic about everything new, forget the past, however, the conventional things we have grown accustomed to often prove to be most efficient in restaurant business. This is the essence of Black Monks. The restaurant is charming thanks to its conventionality because no one is eager for astonishing discoveries here giving priority to perfectly prepared, well known dishes. The restaurant offers everything your heart desires: a wide range of European dishes, careful choice of drinks and, last, but not least, very proper portion sizes. 
The chef Aivis Auziņš – a young, creative, talented and ambitious cook – is a real treasure Melnie Mūki can be proud of. The diverse menu provides a large selection of well-known dishes. In spite of the fact that there is no lack of classic European dishes on the menu Aivis pays tribute also to the traditional Latvian food in his cooking concept and offers, for instance, potato pancakes with cowberry jam, honey-beer-marinated pork, or rye bread pudding. 
It seems like the team of Black Monks has found the recipe for success and offers delicious food in abundant portions. This must not be underestimated. Sometimes you do not feel satisfied even after a meal consisting of three dishes, but it does not apply in case of Black Monks. Two dishes would be enough to be pretty much full. And if the main dish is especially rich, for example, any of the steaks or the three meat selection, it may happen that you should ask the waiter to pack the ordered pudding to take it home. Taking into account the quality, also the prices are very decent. 
In view of these facts it must be admitted that Black Monks is neither an ordinary restaurant nor a place with ambitions for culinary alchemy. This is a place that you go when you feel nostalgic for delicious classic food, or when you simply wish a little bit to pamper yourself. Oh and another things: Black Monks is the right place for a private, discrete dinner since it hardly seems credible that one could meet some old acquaintances there.
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